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Microsoft rolled out new features to Microsoft 365 to improve workplace collaboration and user experience. The upgrade comes with a slew of new features and capabilities for OneDrive, Office, Viva, and Teams.
While the September 2022 update comes with several changes, we want to focus on only the major ones that might impact how your business operates.
Microsoft unveiled updates that simplify access to everything the user might need on OneDrive. The company released a redesigned homepage and a new file-sharing experience.
Microsoft revamped the OneDrive Home experience to help users readily resume their work and catch up on what they missed when away. The update allows OneDrive to:
You’ll see everything at a glance to allow you to prioritize where to start working.
The revamped Home page features a customized “For you” section, showing the most relevant files for you. If the new “For you” section doesn’t highlight a document you want to work on, use the buttons at the top of the Recent file to filter files by type, such as:
Microsoft has also released several features on OneDrive on top of the new Home page. The company has released a new Quick access section that allows you to pin document libraries.
The pinning option allows you to access important document libraries readily.
The new release also offers a unified file-sharing experience consistent across OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Office apps.
Microsoft has added new capabilities in Microsoft Office to simplify creation, sharing, and collaboration with Microsoft 365.
Microsoft Office web version allows you to pin people under My content section to personalize your experience on Microsoft Office. You can pin your top collaborators to access the content from your most important contacts readily.
On Microsoft 365 mobile, commercial users can unveil relevant content, insights, and activity from their Microsoft 365 network.
Microsoft Office mobile has introduced Microsoft Lens. The feature can quickly pull out text from:
You can then copy and paste the text that Microsoft Lens has captured and save them to your device or share it with others. The feature is integrated with OneNote and other Office apps and sync across devices.
In the desktop app and Excel for the web, Microsoft has added a feature that allows you to create a Pivot Table that you can connect directly to a Power BI dataset. The feature allows businesses to analyze data between platforms seamlessly.
Another notable update is that you can easily share a section of the Excel workbook. Some situations require sharing a section instead of the entire workbook when collaborating through Teams or the Web.
The new update has made it efficient to share a link to a specific range, table, or chart.
Microsoft has expanded the Microsoft Viva platform to connect employees to:
Microsoft says that they’re building Viva to empower and energize employees. The company noted that a hybrid working environment creates a huge disconnect between business leaders and employees. The tech giant introduced Microsoft Viva.
Some of the new features on Viva include:
Microsoft rolled out many changes to boost and refine user experience on Teams. While there are several September 2022 updates on Teams, the main ones include the following:
The new update on Teams allows you to record and send videos in a one-on-one or group chat. The feature has been in preview mode, but now it’s available since September’s update.
After recording a video clip, you can edit the length before sending it. The feature comes in handy when you want to introduce yourself or show something visually, like merchandise.
Teams initially included a poll feature to drive engagement. Microsoft released new functionality to assist team organizers in creating and launching polls before and during the meeting.
The new release allows you to create and launch new pre-defined polls or repurpose recent polls to increase engagement and collect input from the attendees. The feature is AI-powered and will roll out automatically.
Microsoft has also added animation for voting and result views to make polls more interactive and engaging.
Microsoft released Teams interoperability with Azure Communication Services. Your business can develop new apps and experiences which connect people to Teams through chats, voice, video, and screen sharing.
The new release offers customizable, production-ready UI components that you can easily add to the applications you’re developing.
Microsoft 365 offers a diverse suite of products for the corporate world. With each update, your business gets a new and improved way to execute your job.
At Schilling IT, we can help you leverage many different tools and update releases to run your business. Our Microsoft 365 experts can help you ensure that no features or upgrades go to waste. Contact us today to get the most out of Microsoft’s new updates.
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